Boudoir Frequently Asked Questions

pI’m sure you have questions … I’ve got answers.  If you would like more information about Pittsburgh boudoir photographers or don’t find your question here, please contact us.


Where & When do the shoots take place?

Boudoir sessions take place in the Pics By Chicks studio Monday thru Friday.  My studio is located near Beaver, PA and is easily accessible from all major road ways (I-376, Route 65, Turnpike).

You can access my online schedule HERE to see the open dates!


Will my photos appear on your website or promotional materials?

The simple answer – NO!  Some clients are OK with images being shared, while others want to maintain privacy.  These are your photos, not mine, so I respect your wishes.  I will respect your right to privacy, as I understand the sensitive nature of these photos.

Do you have payment plans?

The beauty of my setup is that payment plans are automatically built into my system.  Payment plans are always available to make this an experience everyone can have!  If you need special payment arrangements, please contact me to discuss.

What do I bring to the photo shoot?

Sexy outfits, matching bras and panties, heels, thigh high stockings/fishnets, hats, significant other’s tie or button down shirt, etc.  You can bring jewelry but I’ll also provide access to my jewelry collection.

After you book your session, you will receive access to my boudoir session planning guide, which has tons of ideas on what to bring.

What kind of outfits are suggested?

Almost anything can be sexy in these photo shoots.  I definitely recommend a bra with a matching panty, garters, thigh highs.

Here are some other outfit suggestions:

Corsets, sheer teddy, thigh-high stockings, garter belts, lace panties, bustier, any personal item you might want included in your photos.  Also, consider a little black dress or “illusion” dress  or a crop top – boudoir doesn’t just have to be about lingerie.

After you book your session, you will receive access to my boudoir session planning guide, which has tons of ideas on what to wear and even where to shop.

Check out my Pinterest boudoir with some additional clothing ideas:

Does Pics By Chicks Photography provide wardrobe for the shoot?

You can add on outfit styling for your session, and I will do all the shopping for you.  I do have a collection of items (~400) that can be used during your session.  However, most clients  provide their own lingerie and outfits.  Of all the outfits available, I will help decide which outfits you bring will translate best into the photos and will help choose between your selections.   I do offer my collection of jewelry for full styling of your chosen outfit.

How long will my boudoir photo shoot last?

Your shoot will last ~4 hours.  We schedule 2 hours for hair and makeup and 2 hours for the photo shoot.

Is there a limit to the number of outfits during the session?

No.  You can change outfits as many times as you want during your shoot.   During a typical boudoir session, 3-5 outfit changes can be accommodated.  I recommend you bring more options so we can work together on selecting which outfits will translate best into the photographs.

Do I need to use your makeup artist and hair stylist?

Yes.  The hair and makeup is part of your pampering for your boudoir shoot.  My hair & makeup artists understand the look I’m going for in boudoir and I trust them to give you the right look!

How should I look the day of my shoot?

Come to your shoot fresh face – no makeup, a little moisturizer if needed.  Wash your hair the night before and let it air dry.

How will I know how to pose?

I will help you pose, I will give you TONS of direction.  I’ve learned posing techniques to achieve amazing images.  And, I’ll demonstrate exactly what I’m looking for!   My goal is to make you comfortable and get over the nervousness.

Do you retouch the photographs?

Yes, my boudoir photos are retouched.

I don’t have a perfect body.  Is boudoir right for me?

The perfect body is all a mindset.  Your body is perfect as it is now and is worthy of being documented in this boudoir experience!!

Will I be required to get naked?

You decide your nudity comfort level and share that with me before you shoot in your pre-session questionnaire.  There are no poses where you are required to be naked and I will never ask you to get naked.

What should I do to prepare for the shoot (The Dos for your shoot)?

I recommend getting hair touch-ups, waxing, manicure (neutral color polish) and pedicure prior to your shoot.  Wear clear deodorant the day of your shoot.  Get a good night’s sleep, moisturize your skin, drink water.  Eat a good breakfast before arriving! Relax and get ready to be pampered by me!  🙂

What shouldn’t I do (The Don’ts for your shoot)?

No new haircuts right before the shoot.  Do not get a fake tan before your session (natural skin tone translates very well in boudoir photographs).  No Botox or collagen injections for at least a week before the shoot.

Can I bring someone to the shoot?

No.  Due to COVID19, I need to limit the number of people in the studio at any given time.  Guests are not allowed due to the social distancing requirements.

Can I pick a themed shoot?

If you have a particular theme in mind, by all means contact me to discuss!  There may be an extra fee for a specific theme due to the different props that would be required but I am willing to accommodate special requests.

When can I view my images from the shoot?

At the time you schedule your boudoir photo shoot, you will also pick a viewing & ordering appointment where you will come back to view your images and place an order for your artwork.  The viewing appointment is typically 3-4 weeks after your shoot.

Can I buy an album?

Yes.  Albums (little black books) are available as one of my boutique collections.  You can upgrade your album to add pages to include more photos, or you can upgrade to a designer album.

If I decide to purchase an album, who picks the pictures for the album?

You pick the photos!  I will design the album during your viewing session and you will review & approve it before it’s ordered.

Will you come to my house for the shoot?

No.  I do boudoir shoots in my studio.

Do you do couples boudoir photo shoots?

No, I do not offer couples boudoir sessions.

How much does a boudoir session cost?

Please click HERE to visit the investment page, which details the boudoir experience and cost for a session.

When should my session take place?

Your session should take place 6-8 weeks prior to the date you need the finished product.  For example, if you are looking to provide the photos for an October gift, your session should take place in August with your viewing appointment in September.  I’m often booking 3-4 months in advance so don’t delay in getting in the schedule.

How do I schedule a boudoir with you?

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